The Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has summarily suspended the nation’s deputy Minister for Youth and Sports and National Sports Authority Boss for their allegded involvement in visa fraud for the 2018 Commonwealth Games which is currently taking place in Australia.
The President issued a statement and the Director of Communications at the Presidency Eugene Arhin has confirmed on Asempa FM the pair have been suspended pending investigations but have not been fired.
Deputy Sports Minister Enam Hadzide and Robert Sarfo Mensah – the NSA boss shall be recalled if they are able to justify their innocence.
Former Youth and Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye who manned the office during the administration of the current opposition – the NDC, has commended the President for his actions.
Over 60 Ghanaian nationals were deported from Australia following alleged fake visas and falseful identities.
Some of the individuals who were arrested and deported confirmed they are not journalists but travelled under the falseful tag of being journalist.
This affected an Angel FM journalist who was deported and detained.
According to reports journalists who travelled to Gold Coast for the event were quizzed at the Airport before being allowed or denied entry.
The worrying issue led to a publication by a Facebook platform – ABN Ghana, against the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister but the report was later retracted and an apology issued.
Also Ghana Sports Online checks revealed that a team was sent to represent Ghana for Beach Volleyball, a competition Ghana had not registered to compete in.
The Ghana Olympic Committee issued a release in which they cautioned journalists and persons not to travel to Australia without necessary documentation.
Communications Director of the GOC – Charles Osei-Asibbey, told Accra-based Asempa FM that the Committee left their eyes off the ball which led to some of the troubles.
By El Akyereko